Paris Saint Germain midfielder Leandro Paredes spoke to Argentinian broadcaster TyC Sports yesterday following the Albiceleste’s 6-1 friendly victory over Ecuador, discussing the heated discussion that took place with Inter striker Lautaro Martinez before taking the penalty kick.
“Lautaro also wanted to take the penalty, but it was up to me. But nothing happened. It was important to close with a win and play well. We’re building a very strong team.”
The penalty, which took place mid-way through the first half, was the scene of a debate between Paredes and the 22-year-old Nerazzurri forward, although Lautaro conceded and let his teammate take the penalty.
The Inter striker made his Argentina debut last year in a friendly match against Spain but failed to make the team’s world cup squad. However, he was included in coach Lionel Scaloni’s 23-man squad for the Copa America earlier this year, scoring two goals in the competition.